Somalia: Police search two prominent radio stations in Puntland.

Police forces searched two stations of radio Daljir’s in northeastern Somalia on 14-15 and 16 September. The International Federation of Journalists joins its affiliate the National Union of Somali Journalists ( NUSOJ) in strongly condemning the assaults and calling on Somali authorities to stop intimidating the press.

On 14 September troops raided the building hosting Radio Dajir in Garowe  in the northern breakaway state of Puntland at around 1 pm and searched the station’s offices while it was broadcasting live.

Hassan Heykal and Ayanle Abdullahi Jama, two journalists working for Radio Daljir, told NUSOJ that the police had come to arrest the director, following an order by Puntland police chief.

The raid came after Radio Daljir aired interviews and reports this week alleging that the security guards of the head of police tortured and killed a prisoner accused of having links with a terrorist group.

The authorities have not given reason for the raid on the radio station and did not refer the matter to court before acting.

On the following day on 15 September, the police searched the offices of Radio Daljir’ station based in Bossasso at around 8.15 pm, reports NUSOJ, with the aime to arrest  Daljir’s managing director Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed. Police forces cordoned off the premises of the radio station for more than 4 hours.

Source: ICJ